The Midwest Circuit started last year as an alternative to the National Youth Basketball League (NYBL). It had a highly successful inaugural season and received high praise from various AAU programs for how well it was organized. In 2019, the organizers took it to another level and created the Hoops Circuit. The circuit still had the Midwest Circuit but also created two other regional circuits as well, the Southeast Circuit and the South Central Circuit. Each circuit crowned their own champions. This past weekend, the champions all converged on Lexington, KY at KBC Hoops for the ultimate prize, the Hoops Circuit Finals Championship. Let's see walked who walked away with the crown and the rings:
Orangemen Elite - 55, Canada Grassroots Elite - 51: This match-up was must see because it featured arguably the 2 best 8th graders in the country: Elijah Fisher (Canada Grassroots) and Rayvon Griffith (Orangemen Elite). These two have been staples nationally for the past 3 years and they didn't disappoint. It was a tough and highly contested game. Ultimately, it was Orangemen Elite defeating Canada Grassroots 55-51 to take the Finals Championship rings. Check the footage below for highlights from the game (video credits: InTheGymHoops).
Kentucky Kings (DM Elite) - 75, TN Dreamchasers - 58: The Kentucky Kings have been in this position before. Last year, they won the 6th grade Midwest Circuit Championship. The Kings didn't win the MW Circuit championship this year, but they took home The Finals Championship. This team has been solid the last few years in Kentucky and continues to gain momentum nationally.
Indiana Elite 2025 - 49, TN Dreamchasers - 36: Indiana Elite has historically always had solid teams on each grade level and it looks like this 2025 team is going to be another good one. This team finished 9-2 and was solid at each Midwest Circuit session this year.
Much Greater Elite - 52, Louisville Showtime (D. Miller) - 31: These two teams have had some nice battles already this year so this one wasn't any different. Much Greater Elite looks to finally be at full strength after missing some of their roster this spring. They have some potential studs with 6'2 Tristan Comer, Taylen Kinney and Peyton Kemp. Jayden Johnson and Jeremiah Jackson (Louisville Showtime/DM Elite) both have the size and skill to be a high level players in the future.
Canada Grassroots - 65, R4L Pioneers - 47